Publish Your Work
Parade magazine is included in many Sunday newspapers across the United States, and it has an enormous readership of more than 81 million people. Many writers dream of getting published in Parade. Because the editorial staff of Parade receives to many unsolicited submissions, it is extremely difficult to get published in Parade. However, if your article is well written and appeals to the editors, getting published in Parade is not impossible. Read on for specific tips about how to achieve this goal.
Your first step is to study several back issues of Parade. Analyze the writing style of the writers who manage to get their work published in the magazine. You certainly don’t want to mimic anyone else’s specific writing style, but at the same time you do want to familiarize yourself with some of the specific writing tones and styles that the editors seem to like the best. Take detailed notes on the topic choices, writing styles, and overall tone you are observing during your research and analysis.
After you have thoroughly analyzed the contents of several back issues of Parade Magazine, your next step is to go to the magazine’s main website: Parade.com. Once you are on the main website, scroll way down to the bottom of the home page to the link that says “Contact Us.” Click on this link.
You will now be on a “Questions and Comments” contact form. Scroll down to the bottom of this form, where you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Click on the question that reads: “How do I submit a story idea to Parade?” When you click on this question, you will be advised that professional writers, that is, writers who have been published previously, are invited to send their pitch letters, along with a self addressed stamped envelope (or a SASE) and some “clips,” i.e., some samples of their previously published work. The mailing address is also provided: Megan Brown, Articles Editor at Parade Articles, 711 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017.
Writers are also strongly advised to review the Writer’s Guidelines PDF, which is directly linked to this page. In the Writer’s Guidelines you are reminded that your first contact with the Articles Editor should be a brief query letter only (not an entire article). Also, your topic needs to have an extremely broad appeal. Niche articles that would only be of interest to a few people are not appropriate for Parade magazine. The editors are seeking new and interesting angles on stories that have been widely covered.
Writers are also advised to engage in interviews with appropriate experts. You need to feel passionate about your topic, and your passion for the topic needs to shine through to readers. Articles must be relatively brief (1200 – 1500 words). Several other writing tips are included in these guidelines. Follow all of these tips precisely if you want to improve your chances of having your work accepted for publication.
It's very important to bear in mind that it is extremely difficult, though not impossible, to get your work published in Parade. If your article is rejected, do not despair. Simply revise it if necessary, and then think about submitting it elsewhere.